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State Trooper Killed in I-94 Accident

NORTHBROOK, Ill.— A semi-truck has slammed into an Illinois State Police squad car in Chicago's northern suburbs, killing a state trooper.

The Illinois State Police says Trooper James Sauter was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which took place late Thursday on Interstate 294 on the edge of Northbrook.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

The 28-year-old trooper joined the Illinois State Police in June 2008.

In a statement released Friday, State Police Director Hiram Grau expressed his "deep sadness" over the trooper's death and offered condolences to his family.

He said Sauter left a "legacy of courage, honor and duty."

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USDA to release first look at 2013 crop estimate


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The USDA is releasing its first estimate of the 2013 crop size in its spring planting report.

After a year dominated by worst drought since the 1950s, farmers are looking ahead to the next crop. Some analysts are expecting slightly more corn and soybeans to be planted than a year ago.

Farmers planted 97.2 million acres of corn last year, the most since 1937. Some analysts are expecting corn acres at around 97.5 million acres.

Darrel L. Good, an agriculture economics professor at the University of Illinois, says more acres are available for planting because farmers enrolled 2.6 million fewer acres in the conservation reserve program last year.

Thursday's USDA report is based on about 80,000 farmer surveys and is the first indication of planting intentions for this year.

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State Police ACE Report

Illinois State Police Announce Results of Alcohol Countermeasure Enforcement Patrol

ASHKUM, IL – Captain Bridget Bertrand, District 21 Commander, announced the results of an Alcohol Countermeasure Enforcement (ACE) patrol which was conducted in Kankakee County during the evening of March 22, 2013 and into the early morning hours of March 23, 2013.


Enforcement Activity

Driving under the influence arrests


Drug/alcohol-related arrests


Suspended driver’s license citations


Speeding citations


Occupant restraint citations


Total citations


Total written warnings


The Illinois State Police (ISP) reminds those who drink and drive that future patrols will be conducted. The ISP will continue to work to save lives by taking Driving Under the Influence (DUI) offenders off the road, arresting them, and locking them up. This project was funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety.

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INDOT State Truck involved in crash on U-S 41

BENTON COUNTY, Ind. - A state highway worker in Indiana was injured Wednesday when a semi crashed into his dump truck in Benton County.

Indiana State Police report the crash happened just before 2 p.m. on U.S. 41, about 3 miles south of Fowler.

65-year-old Thomas Klitzing of Rosedale, drove up on an INDOT crew patching holes in the right lane.  Klitzing told police he was looking at wind turbines when he looked back at the road and saw he was in the construction zone.  Investigators said he swerved and tried to brake when he hit the dump truck.     

Klitzing was ticketed for failure to yield to highway maintenance service vehicles.

The driver of the dump truck, 62-year-old Fairley Creech of Oxford, was not seriously hurt.. 

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